Love at First Scam?

By KBJR News 1

Love at First Scam?

February 28, 2012 Updated Feb 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Two suspects have been located and charged in an international romance scam and money-laundering operation.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED), the Rice County Sheriff's Office and London Police located a 24-year-old Nigerian man and a 39-year-old Argentine woman who are being held in London courts.

The Rice County Sheriff's office approached AGED for assistance in a suspected fraud case involving a 69-year-old Minnesota resident.

The 69-year-old woman had met one of the suspects on the match.com dating website in which they wired $1,000 to the suspect in London.

The suspect requested an additional amount of $50,000 from the Minnesota victim. When the woman attempted to transfer the money from her account, bank officials became suspicious and alerted AGED.

Agent Bill White, an AGED special Agent, and Detective Yetzer with the Rice County Sheriff's office recovered evidence from the Minnesota victim which identified the bank account.

With the account information, London officials were able to apprehend the suspects and freeze their bank accounts.

During the investigation, other victims in the United States were identified as well.